PSST caps successful summer with swift swims at IWSC meet

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The 13-14 medley and freestyle relays of, from left, Jaylene Karolus, Sophia McDevitt, Jenna Nelson and Addison Huntington finished the 2019 season undefeated. Photo submitted.


DENISON — The Perry Summer Swim Team wrapped their 2019 season by competing in the Iowa West Swim Conference meet Saturday.

Perry was second during the regular season with an 8-1 mark and placed third at the IWSC meet. Carroll won with 266 points, with Guthrie County second at 255 and PSST third at 239.5. Greene County (225.5) was fourth and Denison (224) fifth, with Coon Rapids (119.5), Sac City (103), Lake City (43), Glidden (22.5) and Manning (20) also in action.

Carroll edged PSST, 136-132.5, for total points scored by girls swimmers, with Guthrie County’s 148.5 points winning the boys side while PSST was fourth at 107.

Perry swimmers combined for 37 victories, 17 second-place finishes and 10 third-place touches.

The PSST boys were led by three wins from Joel Storey (11-12), with Isaac Noble, Drew Storey and Ethan Winey (all 15-18) each winning twice. Also winning were Diego Diaz-Cardenas, Kane Mahler-Moreno and Sam Noble (all 11-12) along with 15-18 swimmers Jacob Storey and Dylan Winey.

Ethan Winey (15-18) was twice second, with Garrett Winey (13-14) and the 11-12 foursome of Sam Noble, Joel Storey, Kane Mahler-Moreno and Diego Diaz-Cardenas all second once.

Placing third for the Perry boys were Dysen Deardorff (8U), Boomer Deardorff and Isaac Winey (both 9-10), Sam Noble and Joel Storey (both 11-12) and Drew Storey (15-18) while Garrett Winey (13-14) had two third-place finishes.

A perfect five wins for the PSST girls were recorded by Jaylene Karolus (13-14), with Sophia McDevitt (13-14) and Quin Mahler-Moreno (11-12) four-time victors. Zoe Hibbert (11-12) had three wins, with Maddie McDevitt and Lilly Riley (both 11-12) and Addison Huntington and Jenna Nelson (both 13-14) were double-winners.

The 15-18 quartet of Abby Herman, Dannah Karolus, Anna Ridnour and Sarah Vaughn all finished second twice, with Zoe Hibbert (11-12) and Sophia McDevitt (13-14) placing second once each.

The Perry girls had two third-place efforts, with 11-12 swimmers Zoe Hibbert and Quin Mahler-Moreno each third to the wall one time.

There were numerous highlights for Perry, including the 13-14 girls medley and freestyle relays of Addison Huntington, Jaylene Karolus, Sophia McDevitt and Jenna Nelson undefeated throughout the season.

Karolus, McDevitt, Quinn Mahler-Moreno and Joel Storey earned PSST team All-Around All-Star status by each accounting for 10 percent of the team scores. The foursome were also named IWSC All-Around All-Stars after each scored at least 180 of a possible 225 points over the course of the season.

In addition, Jaylene Karolus posted a clean sheet, as she ran the table to finish undefeated over the season in each of her relay and individual events. She was nearly matched by McDevitt, who was barley out-touched Saturday in the 50 backstroke, finishing undefeated otherwise.

Haileigh Kenyon served as PSST coach, with Anna Ridnour assisting.

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